Ukraine - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
Ukraine's telecoms market is supported by a population of over 42 million. National telecom infrastructure is being modernised through considerable investment in both the mobile and fixed-broadband sectors. Competition is provided from a number of alternative operators, and although the incumbent Ukrtelecom remains the dominant player in the fixed-line market the regulatory environment is improving following the sale of Ukrtelecom to the local conglomerate SCM Group. In addition, Ukraine's telecom market has attracted investors from Turkey and Russia, while Vodafone Group has partnered with MTS Ukraine to help develop mobile services under the Vodafone brand.
The political tension which erupted in late 2013, and which continues in a more violent form in eastern areas of the country, has brought focus to the vulnerability of the national telecom network, parts of which have been subjected to vandalism. A number of telcos operating in Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, left the peninsular after their licences were made over to Russian firms. More recently, telcos have retreated from the Donetsk region after armed gangs made it impossible for them to operate their networks and continue to offer services. The telecom regulator now assesses market statistics, including revenue, excluding data from Crimea and the separately administered city of Sevastopol, as well as from a number of contested regions in the east.
This report provides an overview of Ukraine's telecom market, including profiles of the major operators, a review of telecom network infrastructure, regulatory measures, and emerging network developments.
Telcos forced to stop telecom services in Donetsk and other disputed regions; Ukrtelecom begins three-year network upgrade project with Huawei, secures renewal of its local telephony licence; new cable to Crimean peninsula becomes operational; MTS and Volia end services to Crimea; DREAM cable linking Ukraine to Germany and China opens for commercial traffic; Ukrtelecom sold to SCM Group for $1 billion; telecom revenue growth stagnates in 2016; legal amendments to Telecoms Law widens regulator's powers; legislation approved to encourage network sharing; fixed lines in service dip below 8.5 million; report update includes the regulator market data, State Statistics data to December 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.